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this is bbc news. i'm martine croxall. the headlines at seven o'clock. the number of high rise buildings which have failed fire safety tests rises to 60 across 25 councils areas. so far one hundred per cent of panels tested have failed. if there are local authorities that have tests to be done then the testing facilities are there and ready to undertake the tests. the brexit secretary, david davis, says he's ‘pretty sure‘ the uk will be able to reach a suitable deal with brussels on leaving the eu. at least 140 people are feared to have been killed in eastern pakistan after a lorry transporting oil burst into flames. two children are in intensive care after a car ploughed into a group of pedestrians outside a sports centre in newcastle. police say they don't believe the incident is terrorism—related. performances are in full swing for the final day of glastonbury, where ed sheeran will bring the show to a close on the pyramid stage later tonight.
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and after a chaotic race, red bull's daniel ricciardo wins the azerbaijan grand prix. we'll have more on that and the rest of today's sporting action in sportsday at 7.30. good evening and welcome to bbc news. the government has revealed that 60 tower blocks, covered in supposedly fire resistant aluminium cladding, have failed tests, following the grenfell tower disaster. the department for communities and local government says checks have been made in 25 council areas across england, and so far no building has been deemed safe. 79 people died in the grenfell tower fire in west london 11 days ago, prompting the nationwide review. duncan kennedy reports. pendleton in salford the latest
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location where tower block cladding has been removed. it is an unsettling sight for another group of residents who have lived here many years. it has left us as residents very confused and concerned about the safety of where we live. tonight the government released new figures showing the latest number of buildings to have tests on flooding. they show a 100% failure rate on samples. 60 buildings have now failed those tests. the buildings stretch across 25 local authorities. the immediacy is to give advice to the residence, to reassure the residents and ensure those high—rise buildings as safe as possible as quickly as possible. the government says it can test about 100 cladding samples in any 24—hour
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period but at the moment it is only testing eight or nine a day. so with up testing eight or nine a day. so with up to 600 blocks in need of testing u nless up to 600 blocks in need of testing unless those samples start arriving more quickly this will take a very long time. arnold tallinn has been a fire safety expert for 20 years. he says cladding currently only has to withstand flame tests from the front but says this simply isn't enough. make the tests more robust, test everything, test every angle and then you will know it works. in camden, entire families have today been hauling their possessions away from four tower blocks. while safety measures are being put in. the room will be ready... we went with maureen urquhart and herfather edward, 87, to check out hotel. i'm if they should leave their tower. i've heard they are quite hot. maureen went in and filmed on her
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mobile phone, looking for reassurance. mobile phone, looking for reassurance . there are mobile phone, looking for reassurance. there are flies in here. afterwards she seemed satisfied with what was offered. how was the hotel? it was ok, not too bad. good enough? yeah, good enough. will you move in? yes we will. tonight residents who have moved out of their tower blocks have been with muslims celebrating the end of ramadan, a moment of relaxation amid the uncertainty is that their lives now face. duncan kennedy, bbc news, north london. many of the residents affected have come together to mark eid at the end of ramadan and yet what should be a time of reflection has left many reflecting on their loss. this report. spilling out of the mosque to pray
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ona spilling out of the mosque to pray on a day of celebration for muslims but here in west london it is tainted with sadness. for us at the centre and for the wider community, sorry about this, but... it's a sad day when people won't be able to see some of their relatives for a long time or maybe another time. and even for those trying to help it has been tough. we also know that tower blocks, hundreds of residents and maybe also more visitors, the number of missing or dead could be a lot higher thanjust of missing or dead could be a lot higher than just 79. the mosque has not only become a place for those affected to collect relations from the public but for some like hassan hassanit the public but for some like hassan hassan it is now his home. his wife and two daughters are still missing. he's too upset to talk on camera. in another show of community strength
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this concert is being put on to help bring the community together. but as people are arriving and the shock of last week is subsiding anger is growing. people say their questions haven't been answered in the shadow of g re nfell tower. haven't been answered in the shadow of grenfell tower. two adults, three children, all of them gone. they put them as in the missing, they are not missing, they are there and they are dead. all we need to know is to confirm that they are dead. a few streets away another gathering is getting underway in a community that clearly wa nts getting underway in a community that clearly wants something positive to come from this tragic event. frankie mccamley, bbc news. richard is live in camden, so this problem is spreading throughout the country, not just these problem is spreading throughout the country, notjust these blocks affected now. yes, clearly this is now a national issue, one with potentially huge implications for a
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large number of residents across the country. to paint a picture of what's happening here, for the last couple of nights 3000 people have moved out of these four tower blocks in camden. many of them have gone to stay with family and friends, many hundreds have been put up in local hotels, about a hundred have stayed in the leisure centre being put up on air beds and many more will stake it might because there's nowhere else for them to stay. but about 120 people are refusing to leave their flats, we think that's about 100 households. at this stage the council says it isn't going to force them out, it says it is taking a softly softly approach at the moment and says it like to have them out before any work begins on these blocks. they say the sooner these people move out, the sooner the work can begin and that work is expected to ta ke can begin and that work is expected to take four weeks but if you multiply that over 60 blocks declared unsafe you can tell that many people are going to see a lot
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of destruction in their lives over the coming weeks. bear in mind also that 500 blogs are still yet to be tested. richard, when this first happened and those in the camden tower blocks were told they needed tower blocks were told they needed to leave there was a lot of upset and anger. has that now dissipated, our people realising it is perhaps in their best interests? there's still a great deal of anger but also potentially more confusion, people not really understanding how long they will have to be out of their flats, some feel this is a kneejerk reaction and i think the councils all have a hard time trying to convince the 100 or so people still in their flats that they need to leave. it remains to be seen how they will deal with that difficult delicate situation. richard, thank you. joining me now via webcam is
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christopher myers, a forensics architect. thank you forjoining us. just explain what a forensics architect does, if you would? thank you, martine. a forensics architect like me specialises in understanding why buildings fail, why things don't go right, and including looking at buildings after fires have occurred and understanding why they have spread the way they have. what would the various local authorities be looking at primarily when assessing the buildings that are deemed u nsafe ? the buildings that are deemed unsafe? i think they will be looking at the whole construction of the exterior which is several layers. naturally we are focusing on what we see on the outside which is the aluminium composite arterial panel, this sandwich, with the core which is being checked now. we will also
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need to assess what is behind it. we have all heard in the last few days about incineration and whether that itself is combustible or has limited combustibility. there are also other products there. so i think the assessment needs to look at all of these components in the wall and also when assessing the building will be looking at the interior, the safety of the interior and the means of escape and how quickly and easily people can evacuate the building if they need to. how likely is it that they need to. how likely is it that the workmanship that has gone into these buildings could have played a part, particularly those renovated to make them look better potentially? it's impossible to say in general terms but i would imagine that when panels are taken off the outside of the building, the contractors and the owners will be using that opportunity to check what
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they see behind the panel so it's a good chance to see whether everything that is behind it is what you would expect. you have to wonder whether we've got the right regulations in place, if even with the regulations that we have, 100% of the panels tested so far have failed. it's understandably a point of concern. the testing regime is complex, my understanding is that these rapid tests conducted on my behalf test. the b r e that has conducted them is very experienced in these tests, we do have quite well—defined test regimes and this hasn't been put through the british standard and european testing, this is an indicating as i understand it.
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clearly it's important, the results we are getting now, but equally the panels that are there, often they have passed certain tests in laboratory have passed certain tests in la boratory test have passed certain tests in laboratory test conditions. what factors will slow this down in terms of purchasing and supply is? the work has to be conducted in a well—planned manner, and this does ta ke well—planned manner, and this does take advanced planning, normally the first thing is to provide safe access to all levels of the building, so scuffling has to be provided, materials have to be ordered in and there's always some delay between passing the order and obtaining the panels. they also have to decide if they will do work at
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the same time. there are steps, it's not technically complicated but steps have to be followed through, and that may include for example liaising with local authority building control to ensure that any building control to ensure that any building regulation issues are being met at the same time. and with very high rise blocks that are the logistics of reaching the upper parts of the building particularly on the outside so how realistic is a four—week timescale which is what camden council initially said they we re camden council initially said they were working towards?” camden council initially said they were working towards? i think it will be very challenging. i don't know what process they are adopting that it will be challenging. i think we have to accept, all of us in the construction industry and residents need to accept that it is a process that needs time to be followed through to ensure that what goes backis through to ensure that what goes back is done properly with proper
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planning. christopher myers forensics architect, thank you for talking to us. apologies for the sound breaking down a little towards the end of the interview. find out how story is covered in the papers tomorrow at 10:30pm and 11th and the, our guests tonight rob merrick deputy editor of the independent and author and broadcaster natalie haynes. the brexit secretary, david davis, has said he is "pretty sure" that the uk can reach a suitable deal with brussels, on leaving the european union — but he suggested britain may need a transitional arrangement if everything isn't agreed within the two year time—frame. here is eleanor ghani. 0ne here is eleanor ghani. one year after the vote to leave the eu talks about the terms of britain's divorce have started and brexit looms overhead for the prime minister. but one week after the chancellor said no deal would be very, very bad in the uk brexit secretary, the man
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tasked with securing that deal, seems uncertain as to whether he will get one. i'm pretty sure, not 100% sure, because it's a negotiation... you said at the beginning of this, we are guaranteed to get a deal, you can be sure we will get a deal. you can be sure there will be a deal, the deal i want, the customs union, the free trade, i pretty sure. with the clock ticking there are key issues at the top of the in tray, working out what form the border between northern ireland and the irish republic will ta ke ireland and the irish republic will take with car number plate recognition and tagging containers considered plus calculating how much the uk's so—called divorce bill will be, and crucially, getting a deal on the rights of eu citizens in the uk and british people living abroad. we are trying to ensure that every individual citizen gets their current position as it were locked in place for them so that the
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anxiety can go. this is the real issue, about people's anxiety, not the prospect of deporting people. david davis acknowledged that having left we would need a one or two year transitional arrangement yet still insists about bad deal would mean people walking away. what david davis has revealed is his handling of this entire affair inspires as much confidence as a drunken trapeze artist. the problem is that when he crashes to earth he will bring down the whole of the country with him. the details of the labour party position remain unclear but the party insists the economy must come first. what we need is a brexit that works forjobs first. what we need is a brexit that works for jobs and first. what we need is a brexit that works forjobs and growth and also for the protections that working people have. how that comes out of the negotiations remains to be seen. with rumours of potential leadership candidates around westminster theresa may is under pressure from
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all sides, from within her own party, inside her own cabinet and from brussels as well. it is clear that there is a new conciliatory far less competent tone from both but rob of government. she is in charge of the negotiations for now but many tories are not sure if she will see brexit through to the finish, as the prime minister is all too aware. eleanor garnier, bbc news, westminster. the headlines on bbc news. the headlines. the number of high rise buildings to have failed fire safety tests rises to 60 across 25 council areas. brexit secretary david davis says he is pretty sure the uk will be able to reach a suitable deal with brussels on leaving the eu. officials in pakistan say that at least 140 people have died after an oil tanker overturned and caught fire in punjab province. let's stay with the story of that terrible fire in pakistan. 0fficials
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officials in pakistan say more than 140 people died when an overturned petrol tanker caught fire. villagers in punjab province had rushed to the roadside after the tanker tipped over. it then exploded. 0ur pakistan correspondent reports. hundreds of local villagers flocked to the scene of the overturned tanker this morning despite being warned not to, in this impoverished area they collected fuel in buckets and even empty water bottles. moments later grief and anguish. thousands of litres of petrol went up in flames engulfing those nearby. early reports suggest that blaze began when someone lit a cigarette. translation: the oiltanker capsized, people chanted oil, i'll, the local traffic police want people to leave, warning that might explode
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and then suddenly there was fire.|j had already taken some petrol, i was about to fill another can but felt dizzy due to the fumes so decided not to go back for more. dozens of the injured had to be airlifted to hospital, the nearest burns unit is about 100 miles from the site. medical teams worked flat out to assist the injured and console the bereaved. some blame the victims for running towards the scene of the accident but in other quarters there's a sense of anger that the people here, not educated enough about facing safety issues and poverty forces them to risk lives for a few litres of petrol. the tragedy as the shadow of the muslim festival due to take place here tomorrow. instead of celebrations there will be funerals. secunder
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kermani, karachi. at least six people have been injured, three of them seriously, after a car collided with pedestrians in newcastle this morning. police have arrested a 42—year—old woman. the car mounted a pavement outside westgate sports centre, where hundreds of people were celebrating eid, marking the end of ramadan. we were just after the prayers just wishing everybody a happy eid and suddenly we heard a lot of shouting and screaming and we did not know what it was. i was with one of my friends just talking. we ran to the scene, we heard a woman came from outside, she started driving through the people. i don't think she lost control of the car. there were a few casualties, a few people seriously injured, people were panicking. the police did a greatjob to calm the situation down. i went to the scene and saw some injured people, a kid was
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there and his father was really, really seriously injured, really badly injured. it happened like that. myself, i was on the floor, the back wheel, the front wheel passed me but didn't hit me. my brother—in—law was hit. so right now he's in ivi, he's been taken by ambulance to ivi. everyone was panicking but she didn't do it on purpose, honestly. eyewitnesses to that incident in newcastle. now i look at today's other stories. royal bank of scotland is cutting more than 400 jobs in the uk dealing with loans for small businesses and moving many of them to india. the bank, which is 73 per cent
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owned by the taxpayer, says it's part of a drive to reduce costs. up to 90 email accounts are now thought to have been compromised during yesterday's cyber attack on parliament. officials say there'd been a "determined" attempt by hackers to identify weak passwords for email accounts used by mps, peers and their staff. a teenage boy has been arrested on suspicion of the attempted rape of an eight—year—old girl in manchester. the boy —— believed to be fourteen or fifteen —— was detained after officers were told the girl had been attacked in a park in moston, yesterday evening. iraqi forces fighting so—called islamic state have told the bbc that british writers are among them. this report from the front line. heading to the front line in mosul. you have to the front line in mosul. you have to run. and beware of snipers. but troops from iraq's emergency response division are advancing every day. the target here hospital
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complex. we move deeper into the battle. getting a chance to see how the fight is being taken to so—called islamic state. urban wa rfa re so—called islamic state. urban warfare at its most intimate. near enough to throw a hand grenade. then this. the fight here is that extremely close quarters, this is the most forward position iraqi troops have. they tell us the nearest is position isjust 15 metres away and when they are firing here the distance is so small, sometimes the isis militants. the troops here are mostly young,
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determined to end a reign of terror. daesh came and killed civilians says ali. they destroyed life in the city. 0ur city is to bring mosul back to life. here is the hospital building where commanders say about 200 foreign militants are holed up including some britons. that's what our intelligence tells us says the kernel. and also we had them speaking on the radio. we could tell their nationality from bart. —— from fat. now they're caliphate is turning to ash. their positions being pounded from above with a series air strikes. we counted three in one hour. part of the final push to eliminate an enemy that once
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controlled one third of iraq. 0rla guerin bbc news mosul. at least seven people have died in the high—altitude tourist resort of gulmarg in indian—administered kashmir, when the world's second highest cable car crashed. police say the cable snapped in strong winds. hundreds are still stranded in the cabins. a rescue operation is under way. hundreds of people in spain have been evacuated from the path of a huge forest fire. the blaze broke out in a pine forest near the city of huelva last night. windy conditions are making it difficult to bring the flames under control. reports from the area say the fire may have been started deliberately. police in istanbul have fired rubber bullets to stop a gay pride march. the organisers pledged to continue despite this being banned for the third year running. mark allen has
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followed events in the city. this has been the scene in istanbul afternoon, armed police standing guard, water cannon vehicles at the ready, tear gas has been unleashed in the centre of istanbul against those who attempt to take part in the gay pride march. the authorities have put a blanket ban on the parade for the third year running saying that a threat to public order is a threat from ultranationalist groups who are bound to disrupt the parade and they had banned the parade, yet still some people tried to unfurl rainbow flags and banners to say that they should be allowed to march, yet the police have clamped down hard. the march came down to this part of istanbul, attacks started in taksim square and some rubber bullets were fired as the police tried to contain those protesters. there were scuffles as the police clamped down. supporters of the gay pride march say that the
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government has used the threat from ultranationalist government has used the threat from ultra nationalist groups as government has used the threat from ultranationalist groups as a scapegoat because this increasingly religious conservative government sees the march as anathema to their social values. so they have called it off, saying they could not protect participants. supporters of 93v protect participants. supporters of gay pride have said that the government should have stood up to ultranationalist government should have stood up to ultra nationalist groups to government should have stood up to ultranationalist groups to show that istanbul is a cosmopolitan more liberal city. increasingly that's not the case. you can see here the tear gas at the ready in case there any more scuffles although it seems participants have largely dispersed. for decades the gay pride was held here peacefully. that never the third year running as been cancelled and this is being seen as an increasing sign of today's growing conservatism and clamp down on lgbt
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and minority rights. mark lowen in istanbul. the former snp leader, gordon wilson, has died after a short illness. he was seventy—nine. mr wilson led the party from 1979 to 1990 and represented dundee east at westminster for 13 years. scotland's first minister, nicola sturgeon, said he'd made an "immense" contribution to the success of the snp. it is the final day of the glastonbury festival, ed sheeran will close the show this evening. lizo mzimba is there. most people seem to think it's been a pretty successful glastonbury with an energetic appearance from katy perry and headline performances from the foo fighters and radiohead. yet perhaps one of the most prestigious parts of the festival is the sunday afternoon legends slot. in previous yea rs afternoon legends slot. in previous years they have at dolly parton and kenny rogers, this afternoon playing
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toa kenny rogers, this afternoon playing to a huge audience of all ages on the pyramid stage, barry gibb. # you should be dancing, yeah # you should be dancing, yeah # strictly yeah. # strictly yeah. # what you doing on your back? # what you doing on your back? # you should be dancing, yeah # you should be dancing, yeah # dancing, year#. and singer songwriter ed sheron, who's had a hugely successful year dominating the charts will close the festival tonight and glastonbury will return in 2019. lizo mzimba, and glastonbury. time for a look at the weather. good evening, quite a bit of cloud and rainforthe good evening, quite a bit of cloud and rain for the second part of the weekend, that will clear from the south, still one night overnight showers for northern scotland and
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northern ireland, pretty quiet at the end of the night. and quite fresh, 10—14d a major towns and cities, rural spots in single figures, a fresh start to monday. right for many with lighter winds than the weekend. the cloud will thicken in northern ireland, some rain moving here, but cloudy in the south—west, elsewhere good spells of sunshine and a lot of dry weather, light winds, only 14 in aberdeen. through the evening this rain in northern ireland makes progress into scotland, the north—west of england, maybe parts of wales as well. the rest of this coming week looks u nsettled. rest of this coming week looks unsettled. spells of rain which can be heavy at times and at times it will also be quite windy.


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